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Morlet Family Estate Pinot Noir Joli Coeur 2016  - First Bottle


99 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
This is made from the best section of the 'Coteaux Nobles' vineyard on the second ridge in from the ocean, which produces smaller berry and cluster sizes. Medium ruby-purple- colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur reveals seductive exotic spices, raspberry pie and candied violets scents with a core of chocolate-covered cherries and tilled soil plus a waft of truffles. Full-bodied, super concentrated and impactful in the mouth, it has a solid frame of velvety tannins and an epically long finish.
95 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2016 Pinot Noir Joli Coeur comes from an east-facing parcel and shallow soils. It offers more Bing cherry and strawberry notes, with more floral and spice nuances developing with time in the glass. As with all of Luc’s wines, it’s beautifully balanced and pure, with ripe yet present tannin and a great finish. I loved these latest releases from Luc Morlet and family, and they show a sensational mix of classic, balanced, even old-school, characters mixed with killer California fruit.
94+ Vinous -
The 2016 Pinot Noir Joli Cœur is the richest and most powerful of the Pinots in this range. Powerful, dense and quite structured, the 2016 also needs time in bottle to shed some of its formidable tannin. Dark cherry, spice, earthiness and tobacco add nuance to this decidedly, muscular Pinot. Readers need to be patient here, as the Joli Cœur is quite reticent today.

Technical Details

  • BlendPinot Noir
  • WinemakerLuc Morlet
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationFort Ross-Seaview
  • Production300 cases cases

Morlet Family Estate Pinot Noir Joli Coeur 2016

Pinot Noir  |  US
WA99, JD95, VN94+

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Indulge in the captivating allure of Morlet Family Estate Pinot Noir Joli Coeur 2016. With seductive aromas of exotic spices, honied wildflowers, and raspberry compote, and a palate adorned with chocolate-covered cherries and hints of truffles. This full-bodied Pinot Noir offers a velvety texture with grippy tannins, and a long finish that will leave you wanting more.

About the Producer

Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Luc & Jodie Morlet have been handcrafting vineyard designated wines and unique cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Napa Valley as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, a Proprietary white Bordeaux-style blend and a Late Harvest Sémillon from Sonoma County. Meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful yet refined wines. By taking old world principles and adapting them to California, the Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness, complexity and refinement. It is this notion of harmony that inspired their logo, based upon 19th century French artist Mathurin Moreau’s sculpture entitled, ‘L’Harmonie.’ The Morlet wines clearly display personality, seamless character and graceful ageing capability.